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    A military-civilian perspective on real-world evidence to support regulatory decision making

    This article summarizes the framework promoting the collection and analysis of real-world data (RWD) in the healthcare system. The authors emphasize how the US Military Health System (MHS) used RWD during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to achieve historic rates of survival and describe a new era of collaboration between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The article reviews the FDA evidentiary standards for medical product appr...
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    FDA Developing Guidance on Real-World Data Quality Issues, Officials Say

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grapples with how to use real-world data for regulatory decisions, two FDA officials wrote in a perspective published last Friday in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the agency is developing guidance on data quality issues unique to the real-world data setting and related study design considerations. Aliza Thompson and Mary Ross Southworth of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products w...
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    EU Taskforce of Pharma Regulators Issues its First Report on Big Data

    A European drug regulators’ taskforce on big data published its first report on Friday. The Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) formed the HMA-EMA Joint Big Data Taskforce to harness the potential of data in development and oversight, starting with the new report. They examined clinical trial data, spontaneous adverse drug reports (ADRs), social media data and real-world data (RWD) to inform the work and reach “an important mileston...
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    FDA Proposes New Framework on Prescription Drug-Related Software

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a request for comment on Monday that sets forth a proposal for a new framework on the regulation of software applications for use with one or more prescription drug products.   The agency’s newly adopted digital health approaches “are still in their early stages,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday in remarks at the Reagan Udall Foundation annual public meeting. “A lot of these technologies haven’t advanced as...
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    NESTcc Selects 8 RWE Test Cases for Medical Devices

    The National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center (NESTcc), which is mutually funded by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry, announced Monday it has selected a total of eight real-world evidence (RWE) test cases to evaluate medical device performance in clinical settings.   NESTcc based its selections on applications medical device manufacturers submitted in January under a public call for concepts initiated last year and s...
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    NEST Seeks Medical Device Test Cases for Using Real World Evidence

    The National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center (NESTcc) this week put out three requests for proposals to help it build the case for using real world evidence for regulatory and coverage decisions for medical devices. Background In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) awarded a $3 million grant to the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) to establish NESTcc. The cente...
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    Study Uses Real World Evidence to Replicate Pivotal Trial Results

    A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday was able to replicate the results of a large randomized controlled clinical trial for the blood pressure drug telmisartan using real world evidence gathered from insurance claims data. The goal of the study, which was conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, was to investigate whether health care databases can be used to confirm findings from clinical trials conducted to support additional indications for...
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    Building NEST: New Executive Director, CDRH's Shuren Discuss Plans

    The group of stakeholders building the National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST) outlined what’s in store for the new future as well as the direction that they want the system to go. "NEST is about how we improve the value, use, and time and cost of using real-world data," Jeff Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Device and Radiological Health (CDRH), explained to attendees of AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San J...
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    FDA's Woodcock: The Clinical Trials System is 'Broken'

    The clinical trials system is "broken" and there needs to be new ways to collect and utilize patient data, Janet Woodcock, director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told a workshop on real world evidence (RWE) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Wednesday. The comment came at the end of Woodcock's talk in which she also noted that use of master protocols (ie. protocols for trials that look at multiple therapies in ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Using Real World Evidence for Medical Device Regulatory Decisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a slightly tweaked guidance on medical device companies’ use of real-world data (RWD) and real-world evidence (RWE) in winning approvals for their products. FDA says the guidance is meant to explain the "characteristics and sources of RWD and characteristics of RWE that may be sufficient for use in making various regulatory decisions." In addition to the draft guidance, the final guidance includes further clar...
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    FDA Used Real-World Evidence in Heart Valve Approval

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it relied on real-world evidence in its decision to expand the use of Edwards Lifesciences' Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to valve-in-valve procedures. In a blog post Wednesday, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Director Jeffrey Shuren and Bram Zuckerman, director of CDRH's Division of Cardiovascular Devices touted the agency's turnaround from 42nd in the world to approve a TAVR devic...
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    FDA Delays Final Rule on Intended Uses

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it will delay implementation of its final rule clarifying when tobacco products are regulated as medical products until March 2018 in response to a petition from biopharmaceutical industry groups that raised questions about how the rule would alter the agency's definition of intended uses for drugs and medical devices. The petition, filed by on behalf the Medical Information Working Group (MIWG), the Pharmaceu...